I am a Lecturer at the Institute of Educational Technology in the Open University.

My main research interests lie in the field of technology-enhanced learning: How does mobile and digital technology impact on the ways that we communicate, make meaning of our world and learn from our experiences across formal and informal settings?

My research interests include digital cultural heritage learning, citizen-led inquiry, mobile learning, as well as creative, participatory and interdisciplinary (online) pedagogies. I maintain an interest in researching practices emerging from the use of technology. I work in partnership with museums, schools and not-for-profit organisations, mainly with the use of ethnographic approaches, design-based methods as well as innovative methodologies including arts-related research and visual methods.

My current teaching includes educational technology, learning innovation and knowledge creation in alignment with the Leadership in Digital Innovation (LDI) Strategic Objective. I am Academic co-lead of eLearning Community/professional development to support members of staff to engage with colleagues in the process of developing and sharing innovations for teaching. Additionally, I am acting as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Interactive Media in Education JIME. I am representing the OU in the Connected Learning in Cricis Consortiumthat promotes, coordinates, and supports the provision of quality higher education in contexts of conflict, crisis and displacement through connected learning. 

Koula Charitonos is a Lecturer at the Institute of Educational Technology in the Open University.

Her main research interests lie in the field of technology-enhanced learning: How does mobile and digital technology impacton the ways that we communicate, make meaning of our world and learn from our experiences across formal and informal settings?

Her research interests include digital cultural heritage learning, citizen-led inquiry, mobile learning, as well as creative, participatory and interdisciplinary (online) pedagogies. She maintains an interest in researching practices emerging from the use of technology. She works in partnership with museums, schools and non-for-profit organisations, mainly with the use of ethnographic approaches, design-based methods as well as innovative methodologies including arts-related research and visual methods.  

More recent research activities include leading the Evaluation of the Frontline Immigration Advice Project. This project began work in February 2018 and is funded by a grant from the Refugee Action. The project is primarily concerned with technology-enhanced professional learning in the not-for-profit sector and will assess the impact of training in organisations and individuals providing immigration advice to migrants and refugees.

Koula Charitonos is a co-I on the Fleming Fund: Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance Project that explores how professional learning can strengthen surveillance of drug resistance and laboratory capacity. We are working with Mott MacDonald and UK Department of Health and Social Care to identify needs and to design, implement and test a series of learning events to support capacity building. This work takes place over the period 2018-2022 in Low-Middle Income Countries worldwide. 

She is representing the OU in the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium that promotes, coordinates, and supports the provision of quality higher education in contexts of conflict, crisis and displacement through connected learning. 

Koula has also led the following research projects: 

Close-Up on Heritage Language Learners: An inquiry learning project. Funded by: British Academy Schools Language Awards, November 2015 - July 2016. Role: Principal Investigator 

Creative approaches to Heritage Language Learning through mobile technologies. (partly) Funded by: Santander Universities UK, February 2014 - July 2015. Role: Principal Investigator 

Prior to joining the Open University, Koula held a post as a Research Associate at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL) in Coventry University (November 2015-February 2017), where she worked extensively for a number of international and national projects related to learning in formal and informal settings. Specifically, she worked for the following projects: 

Arts Gymnasium Project. Funded by: Esmee Fairbarn, in partnership with the Belgrade Theatre, Age UK Coventry (May 2016-on-going)

Immersive Telepresence in Theatre. Funded by: DMLL Innovation projects, Joint project with students and staff at Coventry University and University of Tampere (November 2016 - on-going) 

Beaconing Breaking Educational Barriers with Contextualised, Pervasive and Gameful Learning project: Funded by: European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme (December 2015 - September 2016)

ImparApp Pervasive Gaming for Language Learning. Funded by: DMLL Innovation Funds . In collaboration with the Coventry University’s Languages Centre (December 2015 - February 2017) 

Open Badges. Funded by DMLL Innovation Projects. (November 2015 - February 2017)

Further to her academic posts, she have worked as a teacher in primary education in Cyprus for five years and as a language teacher in the UK for three years (Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture). She also has work experience as a Community co-ordinator in the Learning and National Partnerships Department at The British Museum (2012-2016). She was an Intern at Tate Britain (2007) and volunteered at the Science Museum London and the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art Gallery (2006). 

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Current

Evaluation of the Frontline Immigration Advice Project (FIAP) 2018 - 2019
Fleming Fund: Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance 2017 - 2022

Completed

Close-Up on Heritage Language Learners: An Inquiry project 2016

Awards

British Academy Schools Language Awards.

Project: Close-Up on Heritage Language Learners: An inquiry learning project